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Ashlee's Australia Adventure

Go Bananas!

Monday, June 1, 2009

We started the day off with a wake up call at 6:30 and we had to be packed up and left at 7:45. We had a nice little ride to the banana farm. On the way there we got to see beautiful nature. When we got to the banana farm we were treated with a delicious snack of different cakes and pastry. Then we hopped onto a tractor and rode around looking at the banana trees. One thing that really surprised me is that a banana is actually a flower. It starts off in a leaf and as the leaf opens up the small banana flower start to grow. Some bananas can grow 10 inches long as for others can grow much much larger. After the tractor ride we went to the factory were the bananas get washed and processed. That ended our banana experience.

The second thing was take a 3 hour bus ride to the Reef HQ. There we got an introduction to what we are going to be doing the next 3 days. One thing that I was completely shocked about was the Great Barrier Reef is the size of 75 million soccer fields. How crazy is that!?! I also learned that coral is an animal, I always thought it was a plant.


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Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture